Yoga and walking holiday in Spain

“Join a small group for daily yoga classes and guided coast & country walks as part of a relaxing six day holiday in a 4-star country house with pool, close to the beach in Altea.”

Highlights

Altea | 4-star hotel with 20 en-suite rooms, swimming pool and gym | 3 x coast and country guided hikes | Puig Campana Mountain | twice daily 90min yoga classes | meditation workshop | maps for self guided walking | indulge with a massage, facial, reflexology, Reiki or chakra balancing session | Optional activities include: beach time, guided bike rides, horse trekking or Spanish cookery workshops |

Description of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain

The combination of Yoga and Hiking is a great 'two for one' holiday. Whilst hiking is great for your heart & lungs, it can create tight leg muscles and and achy back. But! with the addition of daily yoga you'll feel your muscles & body open up beautifully, your mobility & breathing improve dramatically AND you'll be building strength so you'll get to enjoy those hikes even more!

So come & join us in sunny Spain to give your health and fitness a real boost. Non yogi partners/friends are welcomed at preferential rates too.

RETREAT DATES 2020 & 2021
Please know our Yoga & Hiking Retreats ONLY operate on the dates below, outside of these dates we'll be running our other yoga retreat programmes ... ask for details of those too if you like!

2020
Oct 8 to 13
Oct 22 to 27
Nov 9 to 14

2021
March 25-30
April 22-27
Oct 7-12
Oct 28-2 Nov


RETREAT LOCATION

Our Yoga & Hiking Retreats take place in the coastal town of Altea, an hour north of Alicante at a peaceful 300 year old Olive farm that's been renovated into a country house hotel with 22 spacious en-suite double rooms, a pool in the garden, small gym & sauna and a lovey bright yoga room with views to the pool & mountains.

The Alicante region of Spain has been declared as having one of the healthiest climates on Earth by the World Health Organisation! We're right next to the sea, have over 300 days of sunshine a year, minimal pollution & the most stunning scenery. Perfecto!

We love this hotel's location as it sits at the very point where the countryside meets the edge of town & so we have tranquil, far reaching views to the mountains but we're just a 10 minute walk to the nearby very pretty town of Altea (considered to be one of the prettiest in this area) & 25mins walk to the sea.

THE YOGA

These retreats include twice daily yoga - hatha, vinyasa flow & relaxing yin - suitable for keen beginners, intermediates & advanced. Our teaching style is precise but relaxed and, as safety is important, expect to hear plenty of alignment cues to keep you on track.

There's no pressure to create the 'perfect' yoga postures. We've all come to yoga with different bodies and abilities and so its important to us that you pay attention to how the yoga 'feels' in your body regardless of whether you manage to achieve the final stage of the posture. It doesn't matter what other people are doing around you, just work with what you have. Be patient, keep practicing and your body WILL open up & let you back in.

THE HIKES

On your first morning, we'll head on a 14k 'Coast & Country' walk along nearby country lanes to help stretch your legs & get your bearings in the local area.

Then, two days into the programme, we'll head to one of favourite hiking routes in the nearby mountains. This will be a super walk where you'll be surrounded by stunning scenery and may catch sight of eagles, falcons, choughs,red squirrels and possibly wild boar. We'll be out for around 4-5 hours & so there'll be a picnic stop enroute whilst you enjoy the amazing views. As this is a long mountain walk there will be loose scree at times and the occasional incline & so we suggest this is probably not suitable for those with vertigo or if you know your fitness level is a little low at the moment.

There'll also be chance for a 3rd self-guided coastal hike to the neighbouring town of Albir with plenty of chance to stop enroute & sit by the sea, wander into the shops or to enjoy some tapas along the way.

TIME FOR YOU

We like our retreats to be super relaxed & so if there's a morning you'd like to skip morning yoga & have a lie in or, an afternoon where you'd like to just lay on your bed & read your book - that's absolutely fine! We just want you to do exactly what your heart & soul desire.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

In between the yoga, hikes & relaxation we also have arranged some additional activities you can do if you wish. We have:

* join Chef in the kitchen for a Cookery Masterclass
* head out on a guided bike ride
* book some gorgeous pampering therapies with our elite wellness team
* or simply, head to the beach, explore the nearby town or laze by the pool :))

THE FOOD

Whilst your body is busy burning calories hiking & yoga ing, Chef is in the kitchen preparing some super tasty plant based dishes for us.

Each morning before yoga, there's fruits & herbal teas whilst you slowly awaken. Then, after yoga, there'll be a hearty buffet breakfasts filled with wholesome cereals, seasonal fruits, delicious tortilla, selection of local cheeses & cold cuts, hot eggs, fresh juice, breakfast cakes, yogurts, breads & jams. A really good start to the day!

On all but 2 evenings we take supper at the hotel. These are vegetarian - sometimes vegan - with local fish offered some nights too for those that would like it. On your 2 free eves your taste buds are free to explore the local dining options nearby or you can dine at 'home' at the hotel.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR HOLIDAY?

* 5 nights in spacious ensuite double/twin room. As we don't ask solo guests share rooms, everyone has their own ensuite double for £75 for the week .. unless you want to bring a friend & share?
* Welcome chat on arrival day with refreshments & healthy snacks
* Twice daily 90 minute classes of yoga where you'll learn SOO much with our seasoned teachers
* Guided Coast & Country hike on your first morning to stretch the legs & get to know everyone
* Guided Mountain hike with a picnic lunch
* Maps for self-guided coastal walk
* Love Your Mind meditation workshop
* Fresh fruits & tea each morning on waking
* Hearty buffet breakfast/brunch each day
* 3-course suppers on all but 2 evenings
* Option to go biking, Spanish cookery workshop or book lovely therapies
* Time to relax by the pool, explore the nearby town or just sit with a book you've meaning to read all year
* Services of our experienced Retreat Manager each day to answer any questions & to help organise the perfect holiday for you
* Chance to bring your non-yogi partner/friend to share your room at a preferential rate & enjoy the programme except the yoga classes
* Option to join our private group airport transfers from/to Alicante. We aim to leave the airport on arrival day between 11.00 to 13.00 and arrive back at airport on final day for midday. Transfers take an hour & are €40 each way.

Travel Team

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08 Oct 2020
£815
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22 Oct 2020
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09 Nov 2020
£815
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25 Mar 2021
£795
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22 Apr 2021
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07 Oct 2021
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28 Oct 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Putting People & the Planet first.
Our holidays take place at carefully chosen little hotels owned by friendly local Spanish families who, together with our retreat team, employ only local people not just because they are local, but because they are the lifeblood of the area and bring local colour and information that you'll not find in guidebooks.

These lovely local people help our holidays come alive but, in the cold light of day, we realise that we/you help keep these families together as, without your/our support, they would most likely have to separate to find work elsewhere.

Recycling.
Ourselves & the hotels actively recycle cardboard , paper, plastic, cans and glass using special recycling containers which guests are encouraged to use too. In addition, guest bathrooms have large dispensers of toiletries rather than small plastic bottles which need replacing more frequently & would add to the amount of recycling. You’ll also have the option to re-use the towels & linen in your room which ultimately will save water, electricity, soap & labour.

Green Energy.
In addition to the use of low consumption light bulbs, the majority of the electricity comes entirely from the sun as our hotels have solar panels. There also have water saving devices fitted to all taps & toilets to help reduce flow & conserve water.

You'll be gently reminded to be mindful of your water & energy usage during your stay. Little things can make a big, big difference such as closing windows if using the air con, taking a shower instead of a bath, switching off lights when not in your room, opting to re-use your towels & linen and taking only what is needed at meal times to avoid food waste - you can always come back for seconds if you're super hungry!, and bringing a re-useable water bottle to avoid buying water in plastic bottles when you're here.

Retreat Dining.
We are blessed to have over 300 days of sunshine a year in this region of Spain and an abundance of underground fresh water springs originating from the awesome mountains nearby. This means we have a year round supply of locally grown sun ripened delicious Mediterranean fruits & veggies that we make good use of in our retreat menus that are predominantly plant based.
In addition, one of our retreat hotels has partnered with a local olive oil producer who uses traditional methods to produce the most delicious organic oil that we use in our menus. Plus, our local town of Altea hosts an annual Eco Fair bringing together local artisans to share their knowledge and products through educational workshops, tastings & demonstrations which of course helps to raise awareness of sustainable living methods.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Giving back:
By coming on our retreats not only do you help support local families & their businesses but you may also like to know that you are enabling us & our hotels to support a number of charities that help local families & individuals through practical & financial support.

Organisations such as; Corazon Express that provides local families with food, practical & financial advice, the local Rotary Club & Red Cross both of whom provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in our communities together with donations to local animal rescue centres who rely completely on donations to continue their work of rescuing, caring for & rehoming animals.

Local Culture:
We encourage guests to explore & immerse themselves into the Spanish way of life by dining at local restaurants & cafes, visiting the weekly markets and buying gifts from local artisans and producers. And, if there’s a local festival … everyone’s invited to immerse themselves and taste the Spanish love for fiestas!


Ultimately, through all our actions we aim to support local communities and leave a footprint that is as light as can be.

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7 Reviews of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain

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Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Excellent yoga teachers, brilliant food, wonderful accommodation

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The meals which were provided were of a high quality and used local products. Water was always available so there was no need to buy expensive little bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent holiday. The group of 11 participants meant that there was time for the teachers to give individual support when needed.

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part was the friendships made within the group.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Relax and enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Yoga and the relaxing and friendly organisation

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go and you won’t regret.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, hotel was run by local family

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A resurrection if you are tired or stressed.

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were several--the yoga sessions with Nicole and Dionne learning a great deal; the hiking, particularly up into the neighbouring mountains to experience stunning views across valleys and plains out to the sea. The kindred spirits who were on the Retreat with much laughter every day amongst us. Of note, the old town of Altea is delightful and we enjoyed leisurely strolls through its narrow streets.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Arrive with an open mind ready to tell Nicole what you hope to get out of the retreat. Bring a good sense of humour and not too many casual clothes as we sat down to a delicious supper at the end of the evening yoga session in our yoga kit without the need to change.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local suppliers of the hiking and cycling experiences were benefitted and did a good job for us. We were made very much aware of local environmental issues affecting the region during our hikes. The hotel seemed switched on to reducing power usage, washing of towels etc

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Rated excellent for value for money and experience

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The hike around the Puig Campana was spectacular! The twice daily yoga sessions were also fantastic: Nicole is a wonderful teacher and put on a variety of classes that were accessible to people of all ages/abilities.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Definitely pack proper hiking gear: walking boots with ankle support and also walking poles, if you have them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes: The food at the hotel was all locally sourced, even including pomegranates grown in the garden. The external companies used for the hikes and the mountain biking were local too, and in small groups.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had an amazing time; I've recommended our tour operator to all my friends and colleagues, and am considering going on more of their retreats.

Read the operator's response here:

Catherine, thank you so much for such a lovely review.

We absolutely love what we do & we're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us. We'd be
delighted to see you again when you're in need of another sunny 'escape'! Ooh, & thanks for telling your friends & colleagues about us too :) Hasta pronto!

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Many, many thanks for such a wonderful yoga break . I really did so enjoy my morning yoga sessions and learnt a lot to help me on my yoga journey. The yoga terrace was perfect. I feel that my practice since coming home has improved after working with such an excellent teacher ( Nicole ). Some of the things she said were really helpfull. And do you know what ? I have just felt happy on my return – a sort of glow with lots of energy. Long may it last. Do hope I can hold on to this when I start work again . I really liked the hotel, the people and the ambience of the place gave me time to read , rest and recuperate during the day. So for me it was all perfect. I do not have any suggestions as to how it could be better. The level of yoga was just right ………not too easy or too difficult. I would certainly come again.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Sorry ..... do not really have any.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10.

Reviewed on 03 May 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of the trip had to be the beautiful setting and air of peacefulness that we lived in for the few days. The hotel itself was a lovely family run place set amongst orange groves and surrounded by the contrasting stark mountains and blue sea.

The atmosphere throughout the retreat was calm and easy-going. You always felt subtly pampered by Nicole and the people who ran the hotel - everything was taken care of. It was an ideal way to find some space to breathe and detach in comfort.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is not a stark or regimented retreat. If you want the treat of a few days to explore your yoga practice and be active while living in comfort and eating delicious (though always healthy!) food, this is the one to book.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. The hotel was family run, the food from the restaurant was all local and each of the individuals on the team was part of the surrounding community.
Nicola and Gary are quite conscious of the environment and we were encouraged to be mindful of our consumption throughout.

Each of the activities was designed to make as little impact on the landscape as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I have such fond memories of the trip. It was a perfect opportunity to do some spring cleansing of both mind and body! Nicole and Gary really have the balance right of providing an active and stimulating itinerary while still giving people the space to indulge in whatever form of retreat they need.

I greatly enjoyed the yoga practice though I feel that the emphasis in the classes is currently mainly on the physical practice. I would have loved if the balance had been shifted to the softness and peacefulness that is so unique to yoga. Getting the expertise of two teachers over the few days was excellent though, and I hope it continues.

I already have recommended this to other people and hope to return again in the future!

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